Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sattui Crow Ridge Zinfandel

V. Sattui Winery
Crow Ridge Vineyard
Old Vine
Russian River Valley
St. Helena, California, USA2006
$28.00 -- Sattui Winery, St. Helena, CA

Color: Medium garnet
Nose: Raspberry, fig, pine
Body: Medium
Front: Raspberry
Middle: Rosemary, black pepper
Back: Smoke, cedar
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

V. Sattui wines are always on my mind. Admittedly, I'm not a big Zinfandel fan, but partly that's just because they seem to vary so much from bottle to bottle and even year to year that I feel I can't count on anything.

The Crow Ridge is a rich, juicy wine, good with any kind of food (though it's just salted, spicy almonds tonight). It provokes a little contemplation, though, unfolding through a few nice layers, and it's big enough to make you take notice.